Thursday, December 30, 2010

reflections and predictions

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Sew Mama Sew asked for our Reflections and Predictions -- and here are mine!

Looking back on the sewing scene of 2010, what trends stand out in your mind?
Gray.  It's becoming the "new" neutral.

From Cara's (Me? A Mom?) Urban Lattice "manly" quilt, to the purl bee's New Year's coasters, to my pillow talk pillows, to Krista (Poppyprint's) cute mug rug, to Izzy Inspired's quilt for her son (that I'm dying to shamelessly copy), to Aneela Hooey's much anticipated Sherbet Pips -- gray is everywhere.

some examples of gray - reflection and prediction

1. Urban Lattice quilt (aka manly quilt), 2. New Year's Coasters, 3. Poppyprint - mugrug pears 3, 4. Sherbet pips!!!!!, 5. trenton's quilt, 6. Pillow Talk Swap 4 pillow


Linen paired with prints was also really popular (and I'm sure will continue to be)

Here were some of my personal creations using linen.

My creation

What were some of your favorite things? (Trends, fabric collections, patterns, blogs? Whatever you really loved.)

My personal favorite fabric collection of this year was Nicey Jane by Heather Bailey.  

I've got two quilts going in it -- 
My top from the Fat Quarterly Quilt Along, 
My Nicey Jane FQ quilt along top
My chubby stars (that I will finish even though it's going to be gigantic).

Chubby stars progress

You can see my blog roll for some of the blogs I love. :)
What was your very favorite fabric collection or print? (If not listed above.)

My favorite prints became blenders -- I love 'em.

Like these from the Bliss line

bliss blenders

and these for my Urban Lattice quilt

the prints for Urban Lattice Quilt along

and voile (also love it)

some more Little Folks voile
What was the best thing you made in 2010? (Be sure to share a photo!)

My "best thing" -- I think would be my Chubby Stars (photo above and in the header)... when it's finished. :)  But to be honest, my best thing is what I'm making next. 

On second thought -- maybe my Christmas quilt top was my "best thing" -- even though it was mostly made by my friends. :)

Christmas bee quilt top
What is one of the best things you saw that was made by someone else?

I saw so many things I loved... so here's a mini collage.

other people's creations I love

1. Fussy Flowers, 2. Pillow Swap Outside, 3. Triple Irish Chain with flowers 2, 4. DSCN0752, 5. munki starburst quilt, 6. Nicey Jane hexies

What do you think 2011 has in store? (Again, trends, fabric, patterns, etc.)
2011 undoubtedly has in store too many wonderful things.  I'm really hoping Heather Bailey comes out with a new line. :)

As a trend in neutrals, I think there will be a shift from gray and white to mixing creams.  I plan on doing it with my Urban Lattice Quilt, and I've seen it in quite a few places in flickr lately.

neutrals trend

1. Untitled, 2. scrappy - done!, 3. modern argyle pillow, 4. IMG_0047

I think there's also going to be even more of a shift to using more plain fabrics to make your design, with fussy-cut accents.  I think big prints will be down-played, unless they are a large focal area, and make a very big statement on their own.

In piecing -- I think these are some design inspirations we'll see more of this year.

cool geometry

1. October star block for Shelley, 2. String Knot, 3. November Hexagon Block for Lynne, 4. 3x6 Mini Bee Block, 5. Block 1 for Kristy/Handmade Retro, 6. Three by Six - for hanies, 7. Quilting Divas--Tracey, 8. 3x6 Bee 3rd Quarter Beehive 8 chez - j, 9. Oregon Star, 10. Sew New to Me VQB--July, 11. Doll Quilt Swap 9, 12. 3x6 Mini Bee 3rd Quarter

I think diamonds and curves will replace hexagons.

In color -- I think monochromatic, or clashing will be the thing.  I don't know what the relationship on the color wheel is exactly, 

Anything you’re ready for the sewing world to get over?

Not really.  I'm not wild about the crosses look, but I know a lot of other people like it.  

The whole point of sewing and crafting is to do what you like... so if someone else likes it, I'm fine with that.

Me personally - I'm pretty much getting over using a single collection for a quilt; I've got to mix things up, and that makes me happy, and I think makes the quilt less dated by the fabric line.

What’s on your sewing agenda for 2011? What are you excited about? What would you like to learn more about?

tomorrow I hope to post my personal year in review... 

In the mean time, on my list is:
- The quilting of four quilt tops
- My Chubby Stars quilt
- My Urban Lattice quilt
- A Schnibble in French General
- A couple Bakeshop quilts (so far)
- A baby boy and a baby girl quilt for the baby I hope we make soon... (but I'll need both because I'm really hoping to give my husband his wish of not finding out the gender early!)
- A big girl quilt for my niece
- A baby quilt for my niece due March 1
- A baby girl quilt for a good friend
- A couple baby boy quilts for other good friends
- the blocks for three bees

I really want to start writing some patterns, and I'm excited that I'll probably be going to Quilt Market in the Spring!

For learning -- my piecing got pretty good over the past year, so I would like to learn about quilting, now that I have a bigger and better machine!  I'd also like to figure out paper piecing.

Last but not least -- I'm excited to see what happens with Quilt Hope In!
  Because I want it to be successful, I'm still working out the details of getting items listed, getting funding to the right spot (so that it doesn't go through my personal checking account), and organizing sponsors! :)


Poppyprint said...

Wow, that was a lot of thought and insight into a post, Tracey. Thanks for the shout out for my little pears. You've got some great examples of 2010 and good ideas about what's coming. I look forward to 'bee'ing with you in 2011 and witnessing the incredible success of Quilt Hope In (that I know is coming).

Michelle said...

Wow you sure asked a buncha questions, girl!
Since I have just recently (thanks to a certain someone's generosity!)jumped back into the quilting world, I'm a bit behind. However, I did rejoice with two things you shared: that creams and whites will replace grey as neutral (just not fond of the grey's), and mixing up prints rather than using only one collection (I like to use what I like, not what's "in").

You're a busy lady. I love seeing what you're up to!!

Big Mama said...

Tracey your work still amazes me! You are so talented!!!

Angela said...

Great answers Tracey! I totally agree that grey is EVERYWHERE! And I love it! It is starting to replace the bright white that everyone associates with modern quilts.

Too funny that I made the new trends list. LOL. The funny thing is that it is all based on math...haha! So many people hate math but love what it can create. ;)

Emily Elizabeth said...

I'm loving these posts - and I agree, I'm all about the gray right now! I'm totally bookmarking this post for all of the inspriational photos!


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